It's only fitting, the creators of the English language should also be the ones to ruin the English language. And they're doing it at an earlier age.
The British government has released some new guidance that tells teachers not to teach the "i before e, except after c" rule, because "there are too many exceptions.
According to a story on the BBC, the new "Support For Spelling" document was sent to over 13,000 primary schools. The government employees responsible for whacking the English language with a +5 vorpal blade of stupidity said the rule "is not worth teaching" because it doesn't account for words like 'sufficient,' 'veil' and 'their.'"
This from the same country where a city council quit using the apostrophe on city signs because they had too many problems with it.
Blah blah blah.
I think the British government is deceiving us. I personally can't conceive of any way British students will receive a quality language education without some basic rules. Teachers can always discuss the exceptions to help dispel any preconceived notions the students may have.
The bureaucrats are only deceiving themselves by thinking this tried-but-true rule has no place in education. I understand their desire to make learning easier, but I perceive a lot of problems will arise in the future.
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